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Dead Island developers branch off to make first-person hack-and-slash

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Techland works on hack-and-slash

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A team of developers from Techland – the studio behind 2011's Dead Island – are dedicating their time to a first-person hack-and-slash game codenamed Project Hell, it was revealed on the game's official blog.

According to the developers, the idea for Project Hell started when one of the developers on the team created an internal weapon mod for Dead Island, which "was a proof that chopping monsters frozen by magic spells using two-handed swords is brutally fun and addictive".

The blog says that the mod left such an impression on the Dead Island developers that a small team was formed within the studio to create a prototype for a dark fantasy hack-and-slash.

"Our main goal is to make a game we can all enjoy playing so don't expect unicorns and fairies - we prefer breaking through hordes of undead minions only to slaughter their devilish and loathsome masters in a bloody boss-fight," wrote designer and project manager Marcin "Kruq" Kruczkiewicz.

"To achieve that we'll use our experience already gained in game development and enhanced technology from Dead Island. We believe that we can make something really unique and thrilling and share it with you. Keep your fingers crossed."

The developers have said the game is currently in development for PC with the possibility of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. The team will be documenting the development of Project Hell on their blog.